St. John Chrysostom was born in Antioch and joined a community of hermits in 374 AD. The challenging conditions there damaged his health and he returned to Antioch where he became a preacher for the Bishop. He became well known and highly regarded for his eloquent sermons and was called Chrysostomos (the “golden mouth”). He was named Archbishop of Antioch in 398 AD and began a series of reforms. These reforms were extremely unpopular and created many enemies. For his own safety he had to leave Antioch and was taken away in secret. He died on this journey.
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others”